CHF 2014: Journeys

Peter Galison: From Einstein’s Clocks to the Refusal of Time

Baskes Lecture in History

Harvard University historian of science and Festival favorite Peter Galison returns once again. Building on his groundbreaking work in Einstein’s Clocks, Poincaré’s Maps, which charts the cultural implications of the quest for “pure time,” his most recent endeavor is his collaboration with renowned visual artist William Kentridge. Using their installation The Refusal of Time as a springboard, Galison revisits his work’s key issues, from the social history of nuclear power to the historical meanings of time.

This annual lecture recognizes a generous multiyear contribution to the Chicago Humanities Festival by Julie and Roger Baskes and is presented in partnership with the History of Science Society as its inaugural public event honoring the memory of Elizabeth Paris.

Image by Annie Dipert

Speakers and Performers

Peter Galison

Peter Galison is the Pellegrino University Professor in History of Science and Physics at Harvard University and director of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments. His main work explores the complex interaction between the three principal subcultures of twentieth century physics—experimentation, instrumentation, and theory.

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